What does it take to have the honor of having your image on the front page, the home page of DT, of being the featured contributor?
I thought that as a contributor, you'd have to reach some kind of level of excellence "experience" wise and to achieve some milestones regarding your portfolio like: having a good number of uploads, an even better number of sales, maybe having few images in the "Editor's choice" category (a very personal target of mine since I did not manage so far to add this category to my portfolio), etc. I thought of all these things and I watched most of the featured contributors portfolios in my quest to get an answer to this question: what does it take?
If you take a look at the current featured contributor
(nothing personal, and by the way, @sbuckley: very nice VIP portfolio!!): all of those criteria I thought would count are not related to it. So I got confused and asked myself again: what does it take?
Besides being curious about your thoughts on the matter, I think there are some criteria regarding this "status" we can achieve, and if there are some of you who know it, please share!
There's also a moral to this: I like to think that trying to reach the level of having one of my images in the "editor's choice" category, or trying to become the next featured contributor, has made me little by little more pretentious about my work, has made me my own critic and eventually has made me better in photography! Don't loose hope and don't quit asking "what does it take?"!